Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on. Here's our pick of the best places to sate that Friday feeling

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Fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute, plus the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in London this Friday. The weekend starts here...

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  • Flamingo Pier

    This full-on fun tropical-themed event is hosted on a pontoon boat moored by a Hackney Wick canalside cafe, and features street food, bespoke cocktails, craft beers and guest DJ sets, which you can dance to on deck or even inside the boat – if you're sparing with your dance moves. Just make sure you don't fall into the canal as you're throwing those shapes to the deep disco and hip house tunes that the party-ready crowd are grooving to.

    Counter Café, Oct 3

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  • Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination

    October 2014 will see the start of the UK's most comprehensive show of Gothic literature. Terror and Wonder will explore the enduring influence the genre has had on literature, film, fashion, music and art, 250 years after Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto crept out of the shadows. Doubts about the significance of Walpole's invention? It birthed Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde, as well as inspiring artists such as Blake and Fuseli, all of them represented in this show, along with work by their modern descendants: Angela Carter, Mervyn Peake, the Chapman Brothers and Stanley Kubrick.

    British Library, until Jan 27 2015

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  • Trust with Joy Orbison

    A new party that operates with an open-minded, forward-thinking attitude to electronic music of all shapes and sizes, but leaning heavily towards the underground side of things. The organisers ask that punters don't muck about with phones or take pictures while they're on the dancefloor, which seems more than fair enough to us.

    The Laundry, Oct 3

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  • The Cake & Bake Show

    The Cake & Bake Show is back for another year and the 2014 edition is serving up some seriously delicious treats. Top name culinary creatives including Rachel Khoo, Lisa Faulkner and Phil Vickery are taking to the stage with live demonstrations and helpful baking tips across the weekend. Top chocolatier Paul A Young, Britain's Best Bakery's Mich Turner and Peter Sidwell, and the four champions from the Great British Bake Off are also on the bill, ready to showcase their skills and wow baking enthusiasts across the three-day festival.

    Earls Court, until Oct 5

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  • The House of Peroni

    Sure, the Italian beer brand is interested in marketing its product, but it's also come up with an interesting showcase of contemporary Italian culture covering artists and designers, food and music and, well, plenty of booze. Federico Riezzo's drink menu sees refreshing beverages combining Peroni Nastro Azzuro with orange, grapefruit and prosecco while culinary collective, Bottega Wapping pay tribute to Rome with slow-roasted rabbit and encrusted Roman lamb. A chocolate workshop with SAID pays homage to an annual chocolate festival held in Perugia, with guests creating their very own concoction to take home, and a masterclass with Burro e Salvia will teach participants to make two types of fresh pasta.

    64 Lincoln's Inn Field, until Nov 1

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Flamingo Pier

This full-on fun tropical-themed event is hosted on a pontoon boat moored by a Hackney Wick canalside cafe, and features street food, bespoke cocktails, craft beers and guest DJ sets, which you can dance to on deck or even inside the boat – if you're sparing with your dance moves. Just make sure you don't fall into the canal as you're throwing those shapes to the deep disco and hip house tunes that the party-ready crowd are grooving to.

Counter Café, Oct 3

See more on Flamingo Pier at Counter Café






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